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The IU School of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology offers a one-year clinical fellowship in glaucoma. This program is unique in providing fellows with both an academic medical center as well as a private practice environment for their education.
Throughout the fellowship year, trainees are exposed to a wide variety of glaucoma patients. Fellows become competent in their diagnosis and management of patients with early- to advanced-stage glaucoma, ranging from pediatric patients to older adults. Fellows use diagnostic technology to assist in glaucoma diagnosis and management, including computer visual fields, optic nerve and retinal nerve fiber layer analysis using optical coherence tomography (OCT), and other technologies.
Glaucoma fellows divide their time between various clinics within the Indiana University Medical Center. They work alongside Lou Cantor, MD and Darrell WuDunn, MD, PhD at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute downtown. In addition, fellows spend time at the adult outpatient center at Eskenazi Health, the county hospital, where they assist with staffing the glaucoma clinic with residents. In this environment, fellows have the opportunity to exercise clinical judgement and help direct the care of a large glaucoma population. The Department of Ophthalmology also has a satellite office at Springmill Medical Center, which provides an environment similar to that of a multi-specialty private practice. The majority of glaucoma surgical procedures in which fellows in this program participate are performed at the Ambulatory Surgery Center within this facility.
Glaucoma fellows are subjected to the entire spectrum of glaucoma surgery. They have opportunity to develop surgical skills in trabeculectomy, tube shunt implants, anterior segment laser procedures, cataract surgery, combined glaucoma and cataract surgery, and the surgical management of complications related to glaucoma surgery.
The Department of Ophthalmology is actively involved in a wide variety of clinical research studies involving glaucoma diagnosis, medical therapy, laser therapy and surgeries. In addition to obtaining a broad and comprehensive clinical experience, glaucoma fellows participate in ongoing clinical and laboratory research. They have the opportunity to work with Alon Harris, PhD, in the Glaucoma Research and Diagnostic Center where they are exposed to the most current research involving ocular blood flow and its impact on the development of glaucoma and glaucoma management. Fellows may also participate in laboratory work under the direction of Darrell WuDunn, MD, PhD director of the Glaucoma and Molecular Biology Laboratory.